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No, this is not related to Jujubes candy, nor to the [[NamesTheSame Tak]] from [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim another Nicktoon]].

''Tak and the Power of Juju'' is a 2003 video game made by THQ and Nickelodeon for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube and UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance. It has had two sequels one in 2004 known as ''VideoGame/Tak2TheStaffOfDreams'' and one in 2005 called ''VideoGame/TakTheGreatJujuChallenge''. The franchise was later adapted into a short-lived Nicktoon with two extra tie-in games in 2008 called ''VideoGame/TakAndTheGuardiansOfGross'' and ''VideoGame/TakMojoMistake''.

Notable for being the only videogame produced by Nickelodeon Games that was not based on an already-existing animated series on Nickelodeon, the game tells the story of Tak (voiced by JasonMarsden), a young shaman-in-training who lives in the jungle village of the Pupanunu People under the tutelage of the shaman Jibolba (voice of John Kassir). For years, the Pupanunu have lives a peaceful existence thanks to the protection of the Moon Juju, a powerful tribal goddess and a member of a race of powerful magical spirits called jujus. Unfortunately, Tak's home is put in jeopardy by Tlaloc, a nefarious and power-hungry shaman who seeks revenge on the Pupanunu people after losing the coveted position as High Shaman to Jibolba. To achieve his vengeance, Tlaloc steals the moonstones which are source of the Moon juju's power, using them not only to weaken the Moon juju but also to turn the villagers (sans Tak and Jibolba) into mindless sheep. Fortunately, a prophesy foretold by a previous Pupanunu shaman predicts that Tlaloc will be thwarted by a mighty warrior will save the Moon Juju and bring peace back to the tribe, who Jibolba is convinced is his other apprentice, Lok (voiced by PatrickWarburton). Unfortunately, Lok has seemingly also been turned into a sheep by Tlaloc, forcing Tak to go on a series of FetchQuests in order to turn Lok back to normal.

!!Tropes include:

* TheAce: Lok is presented as such... [[ButtMonkey and proceeds to be mocked relentlessly from then on]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: 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."
* ArtificialStupidity: 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 [[DisneyVillainDeath falling to their deaths]].
* BalefulPolymorph: Tlalok's sheep curse that effects the majority of the Pupanunu people. He turns Tak into several different animals in quick succession during the first game's final boss fight.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Tak uses Tlaloc's own tricks to defeat him.
* BorderPatrol: The electric jellyfish in the original game.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The first game opens with Jibolba summoning a mighty Juju to guide Tak through his adventure. This turns out to be the player. Jibolba 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."
* BubblegloopSwamp: Gloomleaf Swamp in the second game and Ghastfall and Fowler's Murk in the third game.
* ButtMonkey: Tak, Lok and basically everyone else at one point or another.
* TheChewToy: Lok tends to get screwed over pretty much all the time.
* CanonForeigner: The majority of characters from the show.
* CartoonCreature: The main enemies of the first game are Nerbils, strange crosses between mammals and reptiles that are very predatory.
* TheChosenOne: Jibolba is convinced that Lok as the Mighty Warrior of the Pupanunu People's Prophecy at the start of the first game. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he's wrong and Tak is the true Mighty Warrior.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Pretty much everyone who isn't Tak, and even he has his moments.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: 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.
* DeathMountain: Mountain Top and Mountain Top North from the first game.
* TheDitz: Lok
* DoggedNiceGuy: Tak in the TV series towards Jeera.
* DumbMuscle: Lok who is none too bright, but also incredibly strong.
* EnemyMine: 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: A curse turns the Chief into one.
* ExactWords: The Moon Juju states a mighty warrior will save her and stop Tlaloc, but it turns out Tak is the mighty warrior she was expecting. She adds the prophecy never said anything about Lok being the warrior.
* FatBastard / FatIdiot: Chief
* FakeUltimateHero: [[spoiler:Lok]]
* FetchQuest: The ''entire'' first game is a long string of fetch quests Tak must go on in order to make sure Lok is brought back to fighting shape.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Jibolba's flashback of Lok getting smooshed to death, he states he tried to stop the herd of sheep but he couldn't; throughout the game, Tak can carry the sheep at will. This hints that Tak [[spoiler:is the true mighty warrior as stated in the prophecy.]]
* GRatedDrug: The love potion from "Love Hurts".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Plenty all over the place.
* GreenHillZone: Tak's Village, which serves as the HubLevel for the first game.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Tak beats Tlaloc in the first game by [[spoiler:having a polymorphed Flora [[TreeBuchet fling Tlaloc]] into his own giant Bad Juju cauldron, turning him into a sheep.]]
* IdiotHero: Tak becomes one in the TV show.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong
* JerkAss: Quite a few characters, particularly in the show.
* JungleJapes: Most of the levels in the series naturally, but especially Upper and Lower Tree Village from the first game, which also cross over into TheLostWoods.
* LifeMeter: Exhibited by changing colors in the feather on Tak's head. The more purple it becomes, the less hits he can take.
* TheLostWoods: Greenheart Forest from the second game and the Deepwood and Ambush Grove from the third game.
* MacGuffin: Yorbels, Nubu blossoms, The Staff of Dreams itself...
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Tak has appeared in two titles of THQ's ''NicktoonsUnite'' crossover game series, as well as ''Nicktoons Basketball''.
* {{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. Interestingly, neither the Nerbils nor the Woodies from the first two games are controlled by [[BigBad Tlaloc]].
* NinjaButterfly: Juju Flora. Flea!Jibolba in the real world in the second game. In the dream world, it's the Dream Juju. [[spoiler:AKA Tlaloc.]]
* NotQuiteFlight: While on Chicken Islans in the first game, Tak gets to wear a chicken suit that allows him to glide (very slowly) and lay explosive eggs. It makes a return in the third game.
* OnlySaneMan: Tak in the games. Jeera in the TV show.
* PalmtreePanic: Chicken Island and Chicken Island West from the first game and Kiro Biro from the third game.
* PottyEmergency: A side effect of being brought BackFromTheDead called "Resurrection's Revenge". It lasts for a good long while too.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: The Sun Temple and Chicken Temple from the first game.
* SaveThePrincess: The second game appears to be a basic SaveThePrincess plot, with the dream world thrown in for flavor. Turns out [[spoiler:there is no princess, just Pins and Needles [[TotemPoleTrench on top of each other]], and the "Horrible Beast" Tak takes out is the Dream Guardian. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops.]]]]
* ShiftingSandLand: Numa Dunes, which reappears as a bonus minigame in ''The Staff of Dreams'', as well as Dryrock Canyon.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Powder Canyon, which reappears as a bonus minigame in ''The Staff of Dreams''.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Lok is killed instantly 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.)
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: The Lobster Suit in the third game lets Lok walk around underwater indefinitely.
* TookALevelInJerkass: 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 wannabe BigBrotherMentor.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Pins and Needles.
* TreeBuchet: Used in the game by orangutans.
* TwentyBearAsses: Those blasted Yorbels... and you need a ''lot'' of them.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Powder Canyon]] and [[ShiftingSandLand 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 VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution-style dance-off.
* TheUnintelligible: Needles.
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