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 series of platformers
that was later adapted into an All-CGI Cartoon
TV series made in 2007 by the Nickelodeon
network. In the game, Tak is a boy who is the apprentice of a jungle-dwelling tribe's Shaman. When the tribe's patron Juju (god), The Moon Juju, is captured by the evil shaman Tlaloc, she is supposed to be rescued by a prophesied hero. But the tribe's greatest warrior, Lok, was also turned into a sheep by Tlaloc. So Tak gets sent in a series of quests to find the means to restore him to normal. It eventually turns out that it was Tak himself who was the hero all along. The game has had four sequels so far.
The cartoon, which serves as the 24th member of the Nicktoons
brand, drops most of the adventure elements from the game and instead focuses on the comedic ones. Everyone
in the show is an idiot, though some are dumber than others. The gags come fast one after another
, with common sense and even reality taking a backseat. In most episodes (each of which contains two stories) Tak himself is to blame for the problem going on, by causing them or making them worse. Tak is often helped by Jeera, the tomboy
daughter of the tribe's chief. The utterly bizarre
Jujus are also usually involved. Lok is also in the series, still admired as a hero when he's really just a boastful coward (not that Tak is much better
.) Some of the jokes cross the line of good taste
Tropes seen in games and TV series include:
- Absurdity Ascendant: The TV show is full of this.
- The Ace: Lok is presented as such in the first game... and proceeds to be mocked relentlessly from then on.
- All Just a Dream: The entire second game. Or Was It a Dream?
- Animated Adaptation
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Jibolba describes the plight of the Pupanunu people in the first game, 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 on 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.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Tak has appeared in two titles THQ's Nicktoons Unite crossover game series.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Fauna and Flora
- In the TV series Jeera and Zaria.
- 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.
- Trick Boss: The second game has you fight Tralok in his sheep form and a herd of black sheep, before both Tak and him turn into dragons for the real battle.
- Twenty 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.