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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. The soft reboot sequel, titled BoBoiBoy Galaxy begain airing on TV on 25th November 2016.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: The main antagonists in both the series and the movie are aliens.
  • 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...
  • An Ice Person: BoBoiBoy Ice.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not tell Hannah/Yaya her cookies taste horrible.
    • Getting the first or second ranking in the class is a good way to make Yaya and Ying mad.
  • Blow You Away: BoBoiBoy Wind/Cyclone.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters occasionally will talk about "previous episodes". There was also one episode where the characters answered fan mail.
    • Season 2 has Adu Du and Probe concoct a plan by taking advantage of breaking the fourth wall. Season 3 only does it once, during BoBoiBoy Water and Adu Du's banter.
  • 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 I mean everyone, will shout out what they're going to do. Even when it's something like playing checkers.
    • 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 call themselves evil.
  • Casting a Shadow: Fang's power.
  • Catchphrase: BoBoiBoy's "Terbaik" which translates to "Awesome". It was 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".
  • Dishing Out Dirt: BoBoiBoy Earth/Quake.
  • Disney Death: Probe and Ochobot both have one since they are robots and can be fixed. Adu Du used a destroyed PETAI's power core to revive Probe, while Klamkabot gives his energy to revive Ochobot.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Adu Du does this in the first episode to announce his plan to take all cocoa beans on Earth. BoBoiBoy and his friends think it was a TV show and BoBoiBoy changes the channel before Adu Du even finish his speech because he didn't like it.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: BoBoiBoy Quake in season 1 finale, as well as the upgrades in the movie.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Adu Du's nickname Bobocu, given by his mother.
  • Enemy Mine: Adu Du decides to team up with BoBoiBoy to fight Ejo Jo twice.
  • Equivalent Exchange: If BoBoiBoy stays split in three for too long he starts losing his memory.
  • 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: BoBoiBot, built by Adu Du
  • 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?"
  • Fictional Social Network: Spacebook. Ejo Jo posts his plan to get revenge on BoBoiBoy using it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gravity Is Purple: The character Yaya Yah's gravity manipulation is depicted as purplish pink, and she appropriately wears lots of pink and purple.
  • Green Thumb: BoBoiBoy Thorn.
  • 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 "The Multi-Monster" and J-Rex in The Movie.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Adu Du agrees to become good if BoBoiBoy help 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.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In the movie where the cast seems 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 "Tiny Boys"
    • Bora Ra gets sucked into his own black hole after BoBoiBoy defeat 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 has to learn how to use the power bands after the main characters lose them.
  • Human Alien: Kaizo and Fang/Pang.
    Gopal: Hey, why do you look like a human?
    Lahap: Why do YOU look like an alien?
  • 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.
  • 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: Kid superheroes, even.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother:Kaizo's calculating, cold and intimidating persona is not only shown toward the others but also toward his own younger brother,Fang. Shown that he willing punish him in harsh way due disobey his order or arrogantly told to him to not help him to defeat jugglenaut. But Kaizo still care about Fang and the others, proved his warning to Fang to keep the others from getting hurt in the 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.
  • Making a Splash: BoBoiBoy Water.
  • The Movie
  • Mundane Utility: BoBoiBoy uses his Elemental to do things like making deliveries, though is justified at least for Season 1 Episode 11
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Adu Du's version of the theme song, "Mister Boss, and Probe".
  • Nice Hat: BoBoiBoy's cap, which he never takes off (see below).
  • 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 "Uncontrollable Emotions". 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.
  • Odd Name Out: The Five Scammer Commanders, Bago Go, Baga Ga, Bagi Gi, Bagu Gu, and the leader, Tom.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: BoBoiBoy. His real name is never revealed.
  • Overly Long Name:
    • Robolabolabolabolabot Super King.
    • 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.
  • 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 etc.)
  • Playing with Fire: BoBoiBoy Fire/Blaze.
  • Plot Armor: The main characters can get blasted by a laser and brush it off without even a scratch - literally.
  • The Power of the Sun: BoBoiBoy Solar.
  • Protagonist Title
  • 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, Moma Zila.
  • Retcon: Ying and Yaya's powers were thought to be super speed and flight/super strength, respectively, but later it was revealed it's actually time and gravity manipulation. Gopal's was thought to change objects into food and vice versa but was then revealed to be molecular manipulation.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Adu Du throwing a mug to Probe and sometimes Computer.
    • Papa Zola taking selfies in the movie.
  • 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)
  • Shaped Like Itself: Both Adu Du and Ejo Jo's computer is called Computer.
  • Shock and Awe: BoBoiBoy Lightning/Thunderstorm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Skunk Stripe: BoBoiBoy.
  • 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 Sleeping Wave.
  • Space Whale Aesop: "Game On!": Don't play video games too much or a villain will suck you into it.
  • Space "X": Space squirrel is mentioned in "BoBoiBoy Cyclone and Bago Go".
  • 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.
    • BoBoiBoy's Lightning Speed. When used by normal BoBoiBoy, it looks like Ying's Super Speed. When used by BoBoiBoy Thunderstorm, it's seen by the normal eye as teleportation but it's actually not.
  • 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.
  • 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 Penta Split.
    Fang: Impossible.
    Bora Ra: Not... not possible!
  • Time Skip: Six months between season 1 and 2.
  • Transformation Trinket: BoBoiBoy's Power Watch is the only watch that acts as such.
  • 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 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 flashback to the planning scene once the plan works. Inverted in "Team BoBoiBoy", where the only part we hear from Tok Aba's plan (let Adu Du captures Gopal) succeed, while the part we don't hear (Gopal is supposed to pretend to sleep, then get BoBoiBoy inside) failed.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Iwan, 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?"
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In "Adu Du Becoming Evil Again", Adu Du pretends that he never become evil again. BoBoiBoy and friends find out two episodes later. Then he built a robot superhero BoBoiBot and gained even better publicity, at least until he reveals his true motive.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Adu Du is buying clothes during most of "BoBoiBoy's Fan Mails".
  • 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: Season 1 Episode 7 "Game On!"
  • The Worf Effect: In Season 3 Episode 24 where Captain Kaizo defeated Ejo Jo in 30 seconds, the latter of whom BoBoiBoy took four episodes to beat. Not to mention Ejo Jo brought in an even more powerful armor than in their previous encounter. While the heroes struggled against one PETAI robot for 2 episodes, Lahap easily obliterated not just 5 of those robots with ease but then proceeded to deal enough damage to Ejo Jo's spaceship enough to force it to crashland.
    • The season 1 final fight basically begin with Mukalakus showing it is faster than Ying and stronger than Yaya
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Most of the main cast has superhuman abilities, but Gopal can only turn stuff into food and back through molecular rearrangment.


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