Video Game / Tak and the Power of Juju

No, this is not related to Jujubes candy, nor to the Tak from another Nicktoon.

Tak and the Power of Juju is a 2003 video game made by THQ and Nickelodeon for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. It has had two sequels one in 2004 known as Tak 2 The Staff Of Dreams and one in 2005 called Tak The Great Juju Challenge. The franchise was later adapted into a short-lived Nicktoon with two extra tie-in games in 2008 called Tak And The Guardians Of Gross and Tak Mojo Mistake.

Tropes include:

  • The Ace: Lok is presented as such... and proceeds to be mocked relentlessly from then on.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Jibolba describes the plight of the Pupanunu people, he calls the Moon Juju "good, and wise, and pretty." Then he mentions Tlaloc having imprisoned her, and states that Tlaloc isn't good or wise, "and he's certainly not pretty."
  • Artificial Stupidity: Nerbils have the ability to follow you across platforms by jumping, but they don't necessarily know which distances are actually crossable, so they can easily end up falling to their deaths.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Tlalok's sheep curse. He turns Tak into several different animals in quick succession during the first game's final boss fight.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Tak uses Tlaloc's own tricks to defeat him.
  • Border Patrol: The electric jellyfish in the original game.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The first game opens with Jibulba summoning a mighty Juju to guide Tak through his adventure. This turns out to be the player. Jibulba marvels at the "power stick" the player holds, and the "mystic box" the player watches him on, noting that it is clearly "the most important thing in your hut."
  • Butt-Monkey: Tak, Lok and basically everyone else at one point or another.
  • The Chew Toy: Lok tends to get screwed over pretty much all the time.
  • Canon Foreigner: The majority of characters from the show.
  • Cartoon Creature: The main enemies of the first game are Nerbils, strange crosses between mammals and reptiles that are very predatory.
  • The Chosen One: Jibulba names Lok as the Mighty Warrior of the Pupanunu People's Prophecy at the start of the first game. He's wrong. It's Tak.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Pretty much everyone who isn't Tak... and even he has his moments.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lok may be a self absorbed idiot, but he actually can back up his talk when he decides to fight, proving to be both stronger and a better warrior than Tak. He was thought to be the chosen one after all.
  • The Ditz: Lok
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Tak in the TV series towards Jeera.
  • Dumb Muscle: Lok is a class-A idiot, but he's also incredibly strong.
  • Enemy Mine: In one of the sequel games, Tlaloc grants Tak some new magical power. For all of their bad blood, even he's well aware of the dangers of the Black Mist Tribe winning.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: A curse turns the Chief into one.
  • Fat Bastard / Fat Idiot: Chief
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Lok
  • Fetch Quest: The entire first game is a long string of fetch quests.
  • G-Rated Drug: The love potion from "Love Hurts".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Plenty all over the place.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tak beats Tlaloc in the first game by having a polymorphed Flora fling Tlaloc into his own giant Bad Juju cauldron, turning him into a sheep.
  • Idiot Hero: Tak becomes one in the TV show.
  • It Was with You All Along
  • Jerk Ass: Quite a few characters, particularly in the show.
  • Life Meter: Exhibited by changing colors in the feather on Tak's head. the more purple it becomes, the less hits he can take.
  • MacGuffin: Yorbels, Nubu blossems, The Staff of Dreams itself...
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Tak has appeared in two titles THQ's Nicktoons Unite crossover game series.
  • Mook: The first game has the Nerbils, the second game would go on to have Woodies (who would go on to be a series staple) and the Nightmare Creatures for the respective worlds. The Third added Rockers (essentially rock-based woodies), and the Guardians of Gross tie in would add the Guardian's lackeys.
  • Ninja Butterfly: Juju Flora. Flea!Jibulba in the real world in the second game. In the dream world, it's the Dream Juju. AKA Tlaloc.
  • Only Sane Man: Tak in the games. Jeera in the TV show.
  • Potty Emergency: A side effect of being brought Back from the Dead called "Resurrection's Revenge". It lasts for a good long while too.
  • Save the Princess: The second game appears to be a basic Save the Princess plot, with the dream world thrown in for flavor. Turns out there is no princess, just Pins and Needles on top of each other, and the "Horrible Beast" Tak takes out is the Dream Guardian. Oops.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Lok takes damage whenever he enters water in The Great Juju Challenge — not because he can't swim, but because he attracts angry fish. (If the water is full of gators, Tak's no better off.)
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: The Lobster Suit lets Lok walk around underwater indefinitely.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lok bullies Tak in certain episodes of the animated series whereas in the games he was, while obnoxious and only occasionally helpful, very supportive of Tak to the point of being a wannnabe Big Brother Mentor.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Pins and Needles.
  • Tree Buchet: Used in the game.
  • 20 Bear Asses: Those blasted Yorbels... and you need a lot of them.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Powder Canyon and Numa Dunes change the game from a platformer to Tony Hawk-style extreme sports. Similarly, the boss fights against Pins and Needles later in the game take the form of fighting on ostriches or a Dance Dance Revolution-style dance-off.
  • The Unintelligible: Needles.

Alternative Title(s): Tak And The Power Of Juju