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Aliens invading Earth for cocoa beans
Prized throughout the galaxy.
They're coming soon, they're coming fast.
I don't know if we can last.
So we all need a saviour to defend our planet Earth:
The English version of the original Theme Tune


BoBoiBoy (pronounced Bo-Bo-Boy) is an animated series from Malaysia produced by Animonsta Studios featuring a group of kids with various superpowers. The titular character, BoBoiBoy, has the ability to control elements as well as split into three while his friends have other abilities, such as flight, super strength, super speed and the ability to turn objects into food.

The first season of the show ran from 2011 to 2012 and had 13 episodes containing a Story Arc which largely focuses on an alien Adu Du and his Robot Buddy Probe, who has come to Earth for cocoa beans, which, though plentiful on Earth, is thought to be extinct in the rest of the universe. Not only that, cocoa beans also happen to be an invaluable source of energy. Adu Du also happens to own a Power Sphere, which are spherical robots that have the power to grant a user superpowers, but in the first episode, it was taken by BoBoiBoy and thus the Sphere (named Ochobot) granted him powers instead.


Due to the popularity of the show, it was renewed for a second and third season airing from 2012 to 2016 featuring new characters and enemies. A feature-length movie was released in Malaysia in March 2016, a sequel film followed in August 2019. The soft reboot sequel, titled BoBoiBoy Galaxy began airing on TV on 25th November 2016. It follows the cast taking their adventures and battles against evil to space, by rescuing other Power Spheres from being abused in the hands of power-hungry aliens. The Galaxy series is continued in a comic book series called simply BoBoiBoy Galaxy Season 2.

It is available for viewing on Monsta's YouTube channel with English subtitles. A separate channel exists for English-dubbed episodes as well.

Mechamato, by the same studio, takes place in the same world, but in the past.


This show provides examples of:

  • 11th-Hour Superpower:
    • In the original series' season 1 finale, when Adu Du in Mukalakus has beaten all the heroes and BoBoiBoy Earth is the only one still standing, he turns into BoBoiBoy Quake for the first time to turn things around.
    • Ochobot uses the last of his energy and gives everyone powerset upgrades to defeat the Tengkotak at the end of the first movie.
    • In Galaxy, BoBoiBoy Light finally emerges at the end of episode 23 to turn the tables on Vargoba. In the following episode, he holds his own until Vargoba summons weapons and a shield that divert his attacks, and Admiral Laksamana orders BoBoiBoy to stand down, and the headstrong light elemental reverts back into BoBoiBoy. When the hero is launched into space and at the point of near-death, he absorbs The Power of the Sun and unlocks BoBoiBoy Solar, Light's Next Tier Power-Up, to finish the job.
    • In Movie 2, the Elemental Fusions are unlocked with the help of Hang Kasa, who fakes his death to instill BoBoiBoy with the drive to defeat Retak'ka. He does so by fusing his two remaining elemental powers and using Ochobot to absorb back the other elemental powers from Retak'ka and using them to make more fusions to fight him with.
  • Acoustic License: Averted for laughs in the movie ending. Ciciko (from a flying spaceship) reveals to BoBoiBoy (who is on the ground) that he is The Mole in Tengkotak Gang and has been helping BoBoiBoy and his friends throughout the movie. Nobody can hear him.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: The main antagonists in both the series and the movie are aliens. At one point in the third season, Gopal came to the reasoning that Adu Du was bad because he was an alien, which led Fang to remark that not all aliens were bad. Zigzagged in the sequel series where the heroes take the fight to space; some aliens help them, others are jerkish enemies.
  • Aliens Speaking English: In this case it's Malay, since this show aired in Malaysia. In the English dub though (for obvious reasons) this trope comes into play. In the fifth episode of the third season in Malay, however, Adu Du struggled to speak English. Probe in the "Making of BoBoiBoy The Movie" had the same problem but can somehow has no problem with speaking Japanese...
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: The first movie has Klamkabot telling BoBoiBoy and his friends about a powerful Power Sphere who is hunted down by the main villains. Gopal can guess from the first sentence that Klamkabot is talking about himself and nobody pretends otherwise.
  • Backstory of the Day: Parodied by Papa Zola early on in season 2, who in three separate episodes shows up as a math teacher, a PE teacher and a football referee, claiming each time that the job is actually his childhood dream. Each claim is followed by a flashback which looks identical to the last, save for Papa Zola's answer to "What is your dream?".
  • "Back to Camera" Pose: BoBoiBoy Galaxy credits end with the titular hero rushing from behind to join his friends before they all look up towards the purple sky with the camera viewing them from the back. The camera then pans upwards, suggesting the heroes have more intergalactic adventures ahead of them.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: The final battle in the series finale where it looks like the protagonists will face Ejo Jo once again, only for him to be defeated by the actual (even tougher) villain.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: The BoBoiBoy Galaxy episode titled "A Fiery Fight" takes place on a volcanic planet. The battle between the opponent team and BoBoiBoy Fire agitates the volcano to the point of eruption, but they all manage to escape before it does erupt.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whether she's aware of it or not, telling Yaya that her cookies taste horrible is a sure way to tick her off.
    • Getting the first or second ranking in the class is a good way to make Yaya and Ying mad.
  • Big Ball of Violence:
    • When Fire and Water meet each other for the first time and accidentally sabotage each other's attack, they argue to the extent of Water putting up his fists to egg Fire into a brawl. Fire launches himself at Water and the result is one to two clouds of dust with the two popping out occasionally.
    • In Galaxy, episode 4, Cattus responds to Gopal's insults by scratching him, surrounding them with a brown cloud of dust and floating Cross-Popping Veins. Similarly, in episode 5, after Gopal turns the attacking robots' bodies into rattan wood, Cattus viciously bites them to eat the baskets, and his enlarged form, with a robot in his mouth, pops out of the big cloud of dust a few times.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters occasionally talk about "previous episodes", for starters.
    • In Season 1, Episode 10, Computer and Probe answer fan mail that the latter stole from BoBoiBoy per his boss' instructions.
    • Season 2 has Adu Du and Probe re-use an old plan of theirs, as the latter convinces the former that the audience wouldn't notice.
    • In BoBoiBoy Water and Adu Du's banter in Season 3, the exchange shows that Adu Du actively plays the villain for the show to continue. Water reminds that the show ran just fine during Adu Du's temporary Heel–Face Turn, and that he as the hero is going to win anyway.
      Adu Du: Relax?! I'm the bad guy, you know that? If I relax, how is this BoBoiBoy story meant to keep going?
      BoBoiBoy Water: Last time, you changed into a good person, right? And this story went on just fine. [...] Besides, you know who's going to win, right?
      Adu Du: Huh? Who?
      BoBoiBoy Water: Definitely me! Who else? It couldn't be you, could it?
  • Brick Joke: During the math test in season 2, Papa Zola demands a "truth teddy bear" (pink teddy bear with pirate outfits and sharp teeth) for an answer which is his age (maybe). In season 3, Adu Du's mother gives Adu Du his childhood toy, Jaja Bear, which happens to match the description.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Everyone, and we mean everyone, will shout out what they're going to do. Even when it's something like playing checkers. This becomes a plot point when Iwan gets Gopal's power and needs to use it, but he couldn't until he called his power.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Adu Du, his henchmen, and his family acknowledge that they are evil and take pride in calling themselves evil, as some other villains tend to do as well.
  • Catchphrase: BoBoiBoy's "Terbaik" which translates to "Awesome". It is coupled with a thumbs up as well.
    • The Hindi dub for India translates this by coining a new word: "Dhamalastic", a combination of the Hindi dhamaal which means "fun", and the English "fantastic". In contrast, the Tamil dub which airs in the same country just translates this to "super" or "awesome".
  • Chekhov's Gag: The Running Gag where Adu Du often threw a mug at Probe whenever the latter made a mistake becomes important in restoring the Robot Buddy's memories later on.
  • Cloning Splits Attributes: The titular character can create 3 clones of himself, later 5 then 7, each with a unique elemental power. While splitting allows him to use them simultaneously and increases the number of active fighters, it ends up being weaker due to dividing power among multiple copies of BoBoiBoy. The most power-efficient way to use them is to split into 2 then fuse into one singular form which removes the numbers advantage but retains the ability to wield multiple elements at once along with gaining a new upgraded power.
  • Comically Missing the Point: To explain what a ghost is to Adu Du, Computer shows him a "find the differences between two pictures" test before jump scaring him with a picture of a ghost. A terrified Adu Du instead thinks that "ghost" refers to the technology used for the Jump Scare.
  • Cowardly Yellow: In "Emotive Chemical Y", Adu Du blasts BoBoiBoy and his friends with a ray that tampers with their emotions. Ying's eyes turn yellow as she turns into a coward, and she acts so fearfully that she carries a large leaf to hide under.
  • Defeating the Cheating Opponent: The Sleep Monster declares that the good guys must beat him in checkers for them to leave his Dream World, but after the first two games are tied, he starts the last game with four king pieces since they were playing on his turf. This doesn't stop Tok Aba from proceeding to play fairly and beating him, much to the Sleep Monster's shock.
  • Diegetic Visual Effects: When Adu Du publicly announces to the residents of Rintis Island that the recent arson incidents were BoBoiBoy's fault, a Dramatic Spotlight is cast over him, drawing everyone's attention to the Kid Hero. Probe, who's shining a flashlight down on BoBoiBoy, then says "You're done for, BoBoiBoy."
  • Disney Death: Probe and Ochobot both have one since they are robots and can be fixed. Adu Du used the power core of the PETAI destroyer robot that killed Probe to revive him, while Klamkabot gives his energy to revive Ochobot after he is killed by Bora Ra.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: In the first episode, Adu Du announces his plan to take all cocoa beans on Earth through a transmission on TV. BoBoiBoy and his friends think it's a TV show, and he changes the channel before Adu Du even finish his speech because he finds the program boring.
  • Dramatic Spotlight: In Season 2 episode 7, BoBoiBoy takes on the Pose of Supplication after being hit by Adu Du's Y Emotive Pistol and laments about the lack of hope he has for everyone, a spotlight shining on him as he does so.
  • Dream Intro: In Season 2 episode 5, after the Previously on… for the preceding episode, we see BoBoiBoy being chased by giant cookies who are forcing him to consume them. The scene then cuts to reality, with BoBoiBoy waking up and realizing that he had that dream because Ochobot was force-feeding him Yaya's cookies in order to wake him up.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Yaya is named Hannah in the International English dub. International versions of the show ended up changing her clothing style completely.
    • The Kazakh dub changes its title to Jeńimpaz Jetkinshekter (Жеңімпаз Жеткіншектер), which roughly translates to "Victorious youth". The character BoBoiBoy is changed to Batyl Balaqaý (Батыл Балақай), which translates to "brave child".
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: From season 1 to early season 2, BoBoiBoy was able to use his first-stage powers untransformed and transformed whenever he uses second-stage powers. Later in season 3, he can transform into the fire and water forms despite being first-stage as well unlike wind, lightning, and earth. From Galaxy onwards, he transforms everytime he uses powers regardless of what tier it is.
  • Earth Day Episode: The 3-episode special called "Saving Planet Earth" has the characters celebrate National Recycling Day. They use what they learn about the 3 Rs to encourage citizens to sort their trash and recyclables to stop the Shield Monster from using garbage as his Power Armor. The next day, the students host an Earth Day carnival at their school.
  • Earth Song: "Jagalah Bumi", which translates to "Take Care of the Earth", is an official soundtrack for the show made by Indonesian rock band Kotak. It promotes finding beauty in nature and encourages others to care for the planet. The soundtrack's release coincided with the series' three-episode-special about caring for the planet titled after the songnote , and was used as credits music for those episodes and the rest of the series.
  • Easy Amnesia: If BoBoiBoy stays split for too long, he starts losing his memory, but it can be easily regained once all his forms merge back.
    • The villains exploit this weakness by kidnapping one of the elemental forms, BoBoiBoy Lightning, leading him to becoming a Criminal Amnesiac up until Probe accidentally triggers a Regained Memories Sequence in the rogue hero by saying his catchphrase, restoring his identity as a hero. However, he still has to merge back with the others to completely remember.
    • In Issue 20 of BoBoiBoy Galaxy Season 2, Blaze and Ice's deteriorating memory nearly causes the two to kill each other, but they are stopped before they can summon their 3rd-tiers, saving them just in time.
  • Elemental Fusion: BoBoiBoy can combine the Elemental Powers he's acquired to create new ones that have the combined powers of both or a new powerset based on the components.
    • Blaze + Ice = Frost Fire (Not a new element, but two powers used together)
    • Quake + Ice = Glacier
    • Thunderstorm + Solar = Supra (Lasers)
    • Solar + Thorn (Duri) = Sori (Explosive plants)
    • Quake (Gempa) + Thunderstorm (Halilintar) = Gentar (Machines)
    • Solar + Cyclone (Taufan) = Sopan (Typhoons)
  • Elemental Powers: BoBoiBoy's powers are the ability to control Lightning, Wind, and Earth. Later on, he gains abilities to control even more elements, like Fire and Ice.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Adu Du's nickname Bubucu, given by his mother. In a way, it means "Stinky".
  • Employee of the Month: Ochobot is initially reluctant to work at Tok Aba's cocoa shop out of obligation. He is later enthusiastic about "maintaining the cafe's integrity" after becoming the Employee of the Month, despite being Tok Aba's only employee.
  • Enemy Mine: Adu Du decides to team up with BoBoiBoy to fight Ejo Jo twice after he and Probe got beaten up by him in the 2nd season finale.
  • Episode Title Card: After not giving an official title for two seasons and five episodes, the show starts displaying a title card from "Mr. Baga Ga's Service" and onwards.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Adu Du loves his mom and pulls a Face–Heel Turn when BoBoiBoy apparently hurts his evil mom.
  • Evil Knockoff:
    • In the middle of the original series' 3rd season, Adu Du builds BoBoiBot, a robotic replica of the titular hero, who proves himself to be a more capable superhero than BoBoiBoy. After BoBoiBoy admits defeat, Adu Du uses BoBoiBot to extort the civilians, forcing BoBoiBoy to find a new way to defeat his knockoff.
    • In BoBoiBoy Galaxy, the episode "Copy and Paste" has the criminal Gijimo use the power spheras Copybot and Pastebot to produce pirated robotic copies of BoBoiBoy to attack him and his crew. The clones are mediocre in quality but make up for that with their sheer numbers, so the heroes finally aim their attacks to their production source as well, putting them and the criminal out of commission.
  • Evil Laugh: Adu Du likes to laugh constantly at his evil plans, even if sometimes he doesn't quite know how it goes.
    "Yes, we shall play football and defeat BoBoiBoy! evil laugh (beat) What's football?"
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: In the final episode of Galaxy Season 1, Vargoba uses his magnetic powers on the zipper on Admiral Tarung's battle suit. This move undoes the suit, rendering Admiral Tarung vulnerable.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song of the original show lays out its premise: aliens are invading Earth in search for cocoa and BoBoiBoy is the superhero who must save it.
  • Faceplanting into Food: Adu Du uses knockout gas on Tok Aba's restaurant to steal Motobot. Even the patrons fall unconscious, including Mr. Kumar, whose face lands in the food which was just served to him.
  • The Fat Episode: In "BoBoiBoy Water's Surprise", BoBoiBoy unlocks his water elemental which he needs to defeat BoBoiBot by relaxing himself, only for his new form to be too relaxed, lazy and quite chubby. Papa Zola even calls him Bo-boyot note , but he does help him get his normal shape back by having him undergo a Training Montage.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Played for Laughs. BoBoiBoy rejects Fang from joining BuBaDiBaKo because it's for good people only, and Fang recently made BoBoiBoy pay for his donut, pranked BoBoiBoy when he was asleep in class and made it looks like BoBoiBoy was giving roses to Papa Zola, which apparently makes Fang more evil than Adu Du ever was.
  • Fictional Social Network: Spacebook. Ejo Jo posts his plan to get revenge on BoBoiBoy using it.
    Gopal: Even aliens have social media?
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Subverted - BoBoiBoy initially started out with the ability to control earth, wind and lightning, although fire and ice were later gained as well.
  • Fish out of Water: As an alien, Adu Du is often quite unfamiliar with some Earth things, thinking that "White Goat" is a person, for example.
  • Flipping the Table: In Season 2 episode 7, Tok Aba flips the table he is cutting vegetables on in frustration when he discovers that Fang doesn't know why Ochobot short-circuits in front of him.
  • Floating in a Bubble: The Sleep Monster traps BoBoiBoy and his gang in bubbles which bring him to his dream world, with the people staying afloat within the bubbles as they're trapped.
  • Flying Brick: Yaya's powers are basically flight and super-strength, nothing else. Subverted later on, when it's revealed that Yaya's powers actually come from gravity manipulation.
  • Food-Based Superpowers: Gopal Kumar actually has the ability to manipulate the molecules of objects to transform into anything, however, due to his obsession with food, it mostly ended up into him transforming them into food.
  • Funny Photo Phrase: In Animonsta's 2021 Raya Eidulfitri special, the phrase that BoBoiBoy and his friends like to say when taking group photos is "Cekodok cheese!" note , while doing a little jig before posing.
  • Graceful Landing, Clumsy Landing: In "Adu Du Attacks!", BoBoiBoy Earth attacks Mega Probe to unleash Yaya, Ying and Gopal from his clutches. The first two land on their feet, but Gopal screams as he crashes with a thud offscreen.
  • Gravity Is Purple: The character Yaya Yah's gravity manipulation is depicted as purplish pink, and she appropriately wears lots of pink and purple.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Gopal's ability to manipulate molecules actually comes to be quite useful, like changing deadly laser blasters and buzzsaws into lollipops and pizzas.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Multi-Monster in "Multi-Monster Mayhem!" due to BoBoiBoy sparing him and his clones, as well as J-Rex in The Movie, since Papa Zola saved his life.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Adu Du agrees to become good if BoBoiBoy helps him fix Probe. He keeps his promise for several episodes until BoBoiBoy accidentally hit his mom, whereupon he reverted to being evil until The Movie where he (mostly) worked with the heroes after finding out how jerkish the Tengkotak gang was.
  • Height Insult:
    • In BoBoiBoy The Movie, Adu Du and Probe are thrown out of the Tengkotak spaceship and into the ocean with a baby squid. After struggling to swim, they're raised above the water by the squid growing multifold in size from contact with water. Adu Du notes that they're getting higher, which Probe remarks to be weird as well because Adu Du is usually short, earning a scowl from the latter.
    • In BoBoiBoy Galaxy, Commander Koko Ci leads cadets Gopal and BoBoiBoy to a Power Sphere Vault to check if anything was stolen. BoBoiBoy asks the commander why he never told them of this vault, and he replies that their ranks are not high enough. Gopal then says "You're not exactly that high, commander." Koko Ci darts back a scowl that puts Gopal back in his place. Koko Ci is even shorter than Adu Du but just as hot-headed, despite being one of the good guys.
    • In BoBoiBoy Movie 2, Adu Du and Probe steal Eggabot but are blocked from escaping by BoBoiBoy's friends, one aboard the ship being Fang who summons many shadow animals poised to attack them. Adu Du jokes at Fang opening a zoo, to which Probe replies "Can kids like Mr. Boss get a free entry?", earning him a smack on the head by Adu Du.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In the movie where it seems the cast is about to be defeated by the Big Bad, they get upgrades to their powers and proceed into a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Adu Du gets hit by his own Shrink Ray in "Giant Mini World" after he shrunk BoBoiBoy, Gopal and Fang with it earlier on.
    • Bora Ra gets sucked into his own black hole after BoBoiBoy defeated him.
  • How Do I Shot Web?:
    • In the first few episodes, BoBoiBoy has some trouble conjuring lightning or creating a cyclone.
    • In season 3, Tok Aba, Iwan and Papa Zola have to learn how to use the power bands after the main characters lose them. It's not easy, as Tok Aba exhausts himself from running with Ying's power, Papa Zola propels himself instead of the rocks he floated with Yaya's power, and Iwan with Gopal's power struggles to call his attack to make it manifest.
  • How We Got Here: The first episode starts with Super Probe chasing the title character, then flashes back to how both characters got to that point.
  • Human Alien:
    • Kaizo and Fang/Pang. This serves as The Reveal in the original series' finale, then Gopal and Lahap lampshade this:
    Gopal: Hey, why do you look like a human?
    Lahap: Why do YOU look like an alien?
    • The soft reboot BoBoiBoy Galaxy introduces even more Human Aliens, such as the twins Sai and Shielda, Ramenman and Admiral Maskmana; all of them work with the heroic organisation of T.A.P.O.P.S.
  • Humongous Mecha: Mukalakus, Megabot Scambot, Sampahbot, PETAI, and the various other modes for Probe used in battle.
  • Iconic Item: BoBoiBoy's cap. Also notable is that his Wind/Leaf counterpart wears it sideways.
  • Immune to Fire: Roktaroka, from the planet Volcania, is made out of volcanic rock. He seeks revenge on BoBoiBoy for (accidentally) destroying his house. None of the hero's Elemental Powers work against him, not even fire attacks, to which Roktaroka responds as if he's getting a sauna treatment. BoBoiBoy has to re-unlock his water elemental to defeat him.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: In the first episode where the train conductor decides to practice some karaoke, not realising his singing was being broadcast over the PA system.
  • Kid Hero: The main cast consists of kid superheroes.
  • Kids Hate Vegetables: Probe displayed a slideshow to his boss Adu Du about the horrible things humans do to green aliens like him, unaware at the time that it was simply broccoli. One of the slides displayed a young child leaning away in fear from the broccoli being served to him.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Kaizo's calculating, cold and intimidating persona is not only shown towards the others but also towards his own younger brother, Fang. He is willing to punish him harshly for disobeying an order, and arrogantly tells him to not help him defeat Jugglenaut. But Kaizo still cares about Fang and the others, proven by his warning to Fang to keep the others from getting hurt in battle.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Game On!" BoBoiBoy dissed a cartoon saying it was cheesy. Gopal replies saying animation is hard.
    BoBoiBoy: "It's just a cartoon, man. How hard can it be?"
  • Lethal Chef: Yaya/Hannah and her biscuits/cookies taste like sandpaper and are toxic to humans and cats. But do not tell her that.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Adu Du is downgraded in Season 2 onward, but becomes the villain for one more story arc in Season 3.
  • Mind-Reformat Death: Subverted with Probe, Adu Du's Robot Buddy who died in battle and was later revived. Adu Du redirected the energy of a more advanced battle robot into Probe's energy core, but when he came back to life, he acts like a different robot with no heartfelt memories of his boss, only the programming and weaponry to serve him. However, Adu Du then throws a mug at him in an attempt to restore his memory. It works and the two reunite happily.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: One of BoBoiBoy's team staring down Fang and Adu Du's team appears in Season 2 episode 4, before their big football game begins.
  • The Movie: Has two movies, BoBoiBoy The Movie and BoBoiBoy: Movie 2.
  • Moral Myopia: The Five Scammer Commanders are card-carrying scammers, yet when Adu Du and Probe scam Baga Ga and Bago Go out of the money they formerly cheated out of Adu Du and Adu Du's (former) spaceship respectively, the five brothers respond by getting angry and attacking Adu Du and the city he's in, only willing to cease attacking if he apologized to them first (he refused).
  • Multi-Part Episode: "Special Episode: Saving Planet Earth" from Season 3 is comprised of three parts.
  • Mundane Utility: BoBoiBoy uses his Elemental Split to do tasks like making deliveries. This is a bit downplayed as he only uses his base forms whenever he splits to do chores, but an exception to this is Season 3 Episode 11, when he helps Gopal clean his house with his evolved forms. BoBoiBoy Wind also helps set up a sign for Tok Aba's store with his ability of flight. In an attempt to defame BoBoiBoy, Adu Du and Probe try to lampshade this by pointing out that it was an unfit way for BoBoiBoy to use his powers.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Adu Du's version of the theme song, "Mister Boss, and Probe".
  • Never Bareheaded: BoBoiBoy, except for the one scene in the climax where it got knocked off. Yaya/Hanna in the original version of the show never took off her hijab but International versions of the show gave her a completely different clothing, allowing her hair to be fully visible in those versions instead.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Discussed and defied in "Emotive Chemical Y". When Adu Du runs out of idea, Probe suggests to recycle their old plan, and they choose the plan from "season 1, episode 11". Adu Du at first objects, saying that the audience will be bored, but Probe convinces him that the audience won't realize it.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Of the power upgrade kind, justified as the true potential of their powers all along. Ying and Yaya's powers were thought to be super speed and flight + super strength respectively, but they were later revealed to be time and gravity manipulation. Gopal's was thought to be changing objects into food and vice versa but was then revealed to be molecular manipulation. Ejo Jo stealing their power bands would bring their true potentials to light, and they were surprised to learn of their true powers.
  • No Title: Up until the sixth episode of the third season (titled "Mr. Baga Ga's Service"), the show doesn't give an official title to any episode.
  • Odd Name Out: The Five Scammer Commanders, Bago Go, Baga Ga, Bagi Gi, Bagu Gu, and their leader, Tom.
  • Off-Model: In Season 2 episode 4, there is a brief shot of BoBoiBoy with his bangs pointing to the left instead of to the right like usual.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: BoBoiBoy. His real name is never revealed. Similarly goes to Tok Aba, BoBoiBoy's grandfather; he only goes by such regardless of who talks to him, although Tok Aba literally means Granddad (which is his name in the English dub).
  • Only One Who Likes Spam: Whoever eats Yaya's cookies (cats included) either faints or remarks that they taste like sandpaper. Except for Probe who is a robot and genuinely enjoys the sandpaper taste and Lahap who likes to eat toxic substances which says a lot about the cookies.
  • Opponent Instruction: The hero Papa Zola and his Arch-Enemy the Sleep Monster are both sucked out of a Fictional Video Game and into the real world. When the Sleep Monster traps everyone in his Dream World, Gopal challenges the Sleep Monster to a game of checkers in exchange for their freedom per the advice of Papa Zola from his show, but Papa Zola doesn't know how to play checkers. 5 minutes later, the Sleep Monster has told Papa Zola how to play, but it is unfortunately for naught as Papa assumes that having his own pieces eliminated first makes him the winner.
  • Overly-Long Name:
    • Robolabolabolabolabot Super King, the name of Probe and two Rolabots combined.
    BoBoiBoy: This robot has such a difficult name.
    Probe: No it's not, see here, "Robolabolabolabolabot Super King!" Hah, it's easy!
    • Pipi Zola's full name. Putri Intan Payung Indah Zulaikha Odelia Ladasyia Absyari.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Any time Adu Du and Probe attempt to disguise themselves. It didn't help that they are a green-skinned cube-headed alien and a purple robot, respectively. And for some reason, some people are still fooled.
  • Pass the Popcorn: In Season 2 episode 7, Adu Du treats watching BoBoiBoy and his friends suffer from his Y Emotive Blaster like watching a movie, asking Computer to put it on his big screen and sharing popcorn with Probe.
  • Personality Powers: Each clone-self of BoBoiBoy represents one of the elements he has control over (Lightning, Wind, Earth, Fire, Water, Thorn and Solar respectively) and each of them has a slightly different personality (Lightning tends to be hot headed, Wind is very joyous, Earth is calm and collected, etc.)
  • Plot Armor: The main characters can get blasted by a laser and brush it off without even a scratch - literally.
  • Protagonist Title: The show is named after the main character, although interestingly, BoBoiBoy is a nickname he had even before he got powers.
  • Popular Is Evil: Downplayed and subverted. Fang was introduced as a student who drew some admirers but made no friends for six months. His jealousy over BoBoiBoy being more popular than him is what sparks a rivalry between the two. He even worked with BoBoiBoy's enemies once when they promised him popularity as a reward, but he was unaware they were evil until later. Fang gradually warms up to the team over time and now seems less obsessed with being more popular than BoBoiBoy.
  • Pun: In the series there are a few terms whose spelling is a mix of languages or nouns. For example:
    • Power Sphera. The word is a mix of Sphere (English) and Sfera (Malay).
    • Cattus. The mix word for Cat and Cactus.
    • The evil clown trio named as Baddudes. While its name refers to the members of its group, it's also a pun in Indonesia and Malaysia as Badut means Clown, this circles back to the reference that it's an Evil Clown group.
  • Pun-Based Creature: The green alien feline from the desert Planet Gurunda is named Cattus. Each of his kind has three tails that allow them to camouflage themselves, appearing as cacti.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Ying and Fang wear spectacles because they think they look cool in them, neither of them have vision impairments.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Papa Zola likes Yaya's power band because it is pink and likes pink teddy bears.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: BoBoiBoy Fire and Water, the former of which is excitable and playful while the latter is calm and collected.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Papa Zola and his wife, Mama Zila. The former was accidentally released from his video game when BoBoiBoy and Gopal escaped after being trapped inside, but the latter was brought out on purpose so that Papa Zola could be with her beloved again.
  • Regained Memories Sequence:
    • Early in the show, the titular hero couldn't use his Elemental Split for too long should he risk becoming forgetful. Adu Du and Probe utilised this by kidnapping one of the elementals. BoBoiBoy's memory worsened to the extent that he easily believed the enemies were his friends. They trick him into attacking his actual friends, which works until Probe says BoBoiBoy's Catchphrase: "Awesome!", which triggers the rogue elemental to recall every time the hero had said that word, thus restoring his memory.
    • In season 3, Adu Du desperately tries reviving his Robot Buddy Probe and eventually succeeds. However, Probe doesn't seem to remember him anymore, acting like an apathetic battle robot on default settings. It's when Adu Du throws a mug at his head, something that he always did when Probe screwed up, that Probe regains his memories, complete with a flashback montage of various instances where a mug was thrown at him, while Probe's voice from past scenes played in the background.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Retak'ka reveals the Elemental forms are weaker when split. If one pays attention, whenever BoBoiBoy loses a fight or gets knocked down when split up, the 3 forms are usually defeated altogether rather quickly indicating they were weaker. Compare this to when he transforms into one of them, he lasts in the fight much longer.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Done literally after BoBoiBoy gains Quake power. His golem made of rock proceeds to block and going through Mukalakus' lasers, then deliver a Megaton Punch that sends Mukalakus to the sky.
  • Robot Buddy: Probe and Ochobot, for Adu Du and BoBoiBoy respectively. There's also Motobot, the power sphere companion of Koko Ci.
  • Running Gag:
    • Adu Du throwing a mug to Probe and sometimes Computer whenever they make a mistake or he's just angry.
    • Papa Zola taking selfies in the movie, even during intense chase scenes. When he, Adu Du and Probe are bound together as the Tengkotak's captives, Papa Zola's big idea is to... get his selfie stick, which he extends to take an image with the villain.
  • Save the Jerk: Adu Du served as the series' Starter Villain, but after two changes in alignments resulted in him ranging from neutral to unpredictable, he's a more minor antagonist. BoBoiBoy Movie 2 starts with him sabotaging BoBoiBoy's field mission, but he failed and got beat up by an angry Mama Bear alien. Although he just defeated him earlier, BoBoiBoy "[couldn't] just leave Adu Du and Probe like [that]", and went to save them. It's implied by the hero's friends that he's done this several times before, much to their chagrin.
  • Save the Villain: In the movie, Papa Zola saves J-Rex who has been chasing him, Adu Du, and Probe, from falling off a cliff, even though they are hanging on that cliff. After that, J-Rex becomes Papa Zola's pet.
    Papa Zola: Justice never lets anyone fall!
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Papa Zola, when he's in danger. Played for Laughs since he's a superhero Refugee from TV Land.
  • Self-Duplication: BoBoiBoy Kuasa (Tiga/Lima/Tujuh)!!! (Or in English, BoBoiBoy Elemental Split! Though in the Movie, he uses Triple/Penta/Hepta Split). This ability summons multiple elementals at once.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Both Adu Du and Ejo Jo's computer is called Computer.
  • Shapes of Disappearance: In Season 2's first episode, Gopal, Yaya and Ying talk about their disdain for Fang, a student who's too stubborn to make friends in the 6 months he's been present, and yet has garnered admirers nonetheless. Said fans peer from the classroom door, and Yaya remarks that she doesn't know what their problem is, before turning back to Gopal. The girls notice that Gopal disappeared from his seat to join the admirers, and we see a blinking dotted outline of where he was at his desk. 
  • Shouldn't We Be In School Right Now?: Subverted - in Season 1 it's the school holidays, in season 2 we see them in school.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Papa Zola's show, which Gopal and Probe are fans of.
    • Kid Detective Konon, blatant parody of Conan from Case Closed.
    • There's also the melodramatic show parody, "Knapsack of Roses (Seguni Mawar Merah)", a soap opera about a young man named Azroy who must leave his close friend, Sasha, to pursue his studies. Sasha turns out to be his pet cat.
  • Shower Scene: In The Movie BoBoiBoy was about to take one and we see him in nothing but a pair of shorts and his bathing cap which apparently looks just like his hat.
  • Shrink Ray: Adu Du creates one to shrink BoBoiBoy so he can be squashed like a fly.
  • So Last Season: BoBoiBoy Lightning, Wind, and Earth aren't used for combat after their upgrades are unlocked. The only exception is in season 3 finale, because BoBoiBoy Earth can't transform into BoBoiBoy Quake when splitting with BoBoiBoy Fire and Water, and BoBoiBoy Lightning in "Game On!".
  • Something Person: The titular character BoBoiBoy, which is revealed via comic magazines to be his nickname. Even Adu Du himself knows his real name while us audiences are left in the dark about it.
  • Sore Loser: After losing the checkers match, Sleeping Monster flips the board and attacks everyone with a Sleeping Wave.
  • Space Whale Aesop: "Game On!": Don't play video games too much or a villain will suck you into it.
  • Space "X": A space squirrel is mentioned in the episode "Getting a Little Windy in Here".
  • Spin-Off:
    • The first one is Apa Kata Yaya (What Yaya Says) which revolves around Yaya giving daily-life advice.
    • Papa Pipi focuses on daily life of Papa Zola and Pipi Zola.
    • Fly With Yaya has Yaya explains stuff about Japan.
  • Story Arc: Self-contained Season 1 plus more in the post-script Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Stumbled Into the Plot: How BoBoiBoy and his friends got their power watches - BoBoiBoy was manning Tok Aba's shop when Probe tried to steal a can of cocoa, so BoBoiBoy chased him.
  • Super Mode: BoBoiBoy can change into upgraded versions of Lightning (Thunderstorm), Wind (Cyclone) and Earth (Quake), amongst others. Probe’s upgraded mode achieved in the first episode is named Super Probe too.
  • Super Speed: Ying's power. It's later revealed her power is actually time manipulation; she slows down time while running in normal speed, making her seem fast to others.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Though not always, BoBoiBoy tends to jump and spin around when using his powers.
  • Taking the Bullet: Probe is destroyed taking the blast from PETAI meant for Adu Du.
    • In Galaxy episode 4 ("Cattus the Cute Monster"), when his Power Band glitches, making him unable to transform, BoBoiBoy takes a tranquilizer dart for Cattus, rendering him unconscious/sedated.
  • Talk Show Appearance: One Season 2 episode has the antagonists Adu Du and Probe host a talk show in an attempt to defame BoBoiBoy. Adu Du faked injuries he claimed to have received from the Kid Hero to paint himself as a victim, while Probe remarked on the occasions he misused his powers as a Mundane Utility. They even promised to pay his teacher to invite him to discuss the matter, but pulled him away before he could remark in BoBoiBoy's defense. However, the time of the broadcast was 4:30 a.m., and only 4.5 people watched, the half-person being a cat.
  • Tap on the Head: When a character gets hit on the head and it's Played for Laughs, the victim ends up with a red whipped cream-like structure on top of their head, which vanishes by the very next scene.
    • BoBoiBoy gets knocked unconscious after a blow to the head in "BoBoiBoy Leaf vs the Pirates". He lands on a tree and fortunately survives both impacts, debuting a new form instead. However, said form acts scatterbrained as a result.
    BoBoiBoy Leaf: Sorry, Sir. I fell just now and bugged my head real good. (shows injury)
  • Technicolor Wind: BoBoiBoy's wind elemental's attacks are typically depicted as light blue, but during one instance when he was under strong emotional influence, the growing tornado which barricaded around him turns purple, signifying an abnormal amount of strength in his power. Moments later, BoBoiBoy Wind unlocks his 2nd-tier form, BoBoiBoy Cyclone.
  • Tempting Fate: In the first episode BoBoiBoy is worried about tending Tok Aba's shop because he doesn't know what to do. Tok Aba scoffs, saying, "They're just people, not aliens." Guess what shows up a few minutes later?
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: They realized a 90 second theme song was a bit excessive though, and truncated it in the later seasons.
  • This Cannot Be!: Fang and Bora Ra's reaction to BoBoiBoy's Penta Split.
    Fang: Impossible.
    Bora Ra: Not... not possible!
  • Time Skip: Six months between season 1 and 2.
  • Title: The Adaptation: The movies are called BoBoiBoy The Movie and BoBoiBoy Movie 2.
  • Title Theme Tune: The original theme song mentions BoBoiBoy's name multiple times.
  • Token Flyer: Yaya is the sole member of the Kid Hero groupnote  who directly possesses the power of flight, as well as super strength, later summed up as her being a Gravity Master.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Over the course of season 3, several fires occurred in Rintis Island. By the 15th episode, it becomes clear that someone is causing the incidents, so BoBoiBoy and his friends decide to investigate. Then it's revealed that the mysterious person causing the fire is BoBoiBoy himself, specifically BoBoiBoy Fire, a form he transformed into when he falls asleep and thus he has no memory of the form.
  • Transformation Trinket: BoBoiBoy's Power Watch is the only of the power watches that acts as such, it gives him the ability to transform into different elementals, or summon more than one at a time.
  • The Triple: Papa Zola gives three rules for the football game between BoBoiBoy's team and Fang's: don't play dirty, don't use superpower during the game, and don't toy with a man's feelings ("If you don't love him, then don't act like you love him").
  • Two Girls to a Team: BoBoiBoy and his friends formed a Gender-Equal Ensemble until Fang joined the group in Season 2. Yaya and Ying are the two girls of the group of five. Downplayed in that since BoBoiBoy can handle threats on his own, when the rest fight the mooks, the team becomes a Gender-Equal Ensemble or even Two Girls and a Guy.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: When BoBoiBoy handles a specific threat on his own, and the others are left to deal with a specific task or another threat, the team essentially becomes this, with Gopal (or sometimes Fang) being the only guy.
  • Umpteenth Customer: Probe sold Adu Du's spaceship to Bago Go for an Electric Spatula. He only got away with it because he turned out to be the tenth buyer of the Electric Spatula and thus earned Mukalakus.
  • Unflinching Walk: In season 1 episode 2, where BoBoiBoy walks out of a dust cloud after blowing up some missiles with lightning bolts, and because it's epic, it's a scene used in the theme song montage.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Most plans in the series are either not spoken or the planning scenes are skipped, sometimes with flashbacks to the planning scene once the plan works.
    • Inverted in "Kidnapped!", where the only part we hear from Tok Aba's plan (let Adu Du capture Gopal) succeed, while the part we don't hear (Gopal is supposed to pretend to sleep, then get BoBoiBoy inside) failed.
    • In "The Battle on the Moon", the heroes's last ditch plan is apparently have Gopal shoot a transforming blast towards the scammer brothers's robot, but Gopal missed. Gopal turns a bunch of rocks into gold instead, which gets the scammers's attention. Then, it's revealed that distracting the scammer's was the plan all along.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Iwan, a meek boy who is usually The Voiceless, has an extremely deep voice.
  • Verbal Backspace:
    • Gopal, who along with Ying and Yaya laughed at BoBoiBoy when he said he had superpowers. Later when he demonstrated them:
      "See? Didn't I tell you so?"
    • When Adu Du threatens to destroy their school, Gopal and several students celebrate as this means they will get a day off. As Yaya is about to fine them, Gopal backtracks and tells the others that they shouldn't like it if their school is destroyed and the others nod followingly.
  • Villain Has a Point: During the BoBoiBot arc, Adu Du argues to the citizens that BoBoiBot would be a better superhero than the original BoBoiBoy since he wouldn't get exhausted like BoBoiBoy did and unlike BoBoiBoy, he can control his fire powers. If Adu Du doesn't plan to use BoBoiBot to extort people, he would be 100% right.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In "Adu Du Becomes Evil Again", Adu Du pretends that he never returned to evil. BoBoiBoy and friends find out the truth two episodes later. By then he has built a robot superhero BoBoiBot and gained even better publicity, at least until he reveals his true motives.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Adu Du is buying clothes during most of "Fan Mail".
  • We Will Meet Again: Adu Du proclaims that he "will return" to BoBoiBoy while escaping in episode 4 and 12. He says it too in season 1 extended finale, but this time in a monologue.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Ying loses her superspeed when she sneezes. The comic magazines then reveals this is due to the powers being unstable and was later fixed by Ochobot off screen.
  • Win to Exit: In "Game On!", BoBoiBoy and Gopal get trapped in a video game. Probe says they have to beat the game to get out.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In Season 3 Episode 24, where Captain Kaizo defeats Ejo Jo in 30 seconds, the latter of whom BoBoiBoy took four episodes to beat. Not to mention Ejo Jo brought even more powerful armor than in their previous encounter. While the heroes struggled against one PETAI robot for 2 episodes, Lahap easily obliterates not just 5 of those robots with ease, but also proceeds to deal enough damage to Ejo Jo's spaceship enough to force it to crash-land.
    • The season 1 finale fight basically begins with Mukalakus showing itself to be faster than Ying and stronger than Yaya.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Most of the main cast have superhuman abilities, but Gopal can only turn stuff into food and back through molecular rearrangment.

Alternative Title(s): Bo Boi Boy Galaxy


Ying's Phone Call

Ying calls Tok Aba's Cocoa Shop to place an order, but she turns out to be right at the stall. She claims her shyness to be her reason why.

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